Educating children about the beauty and wonder of nature - while promoting active engagement with nature for our youth.

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Upcoming JNC (Junior Nature Club) Events


Welcome to Junior Nature Club!

Do you like playing outside?

Do you want to learn more about Nature?


The Human Tribe


Group 1 - Pre-Kindergarten to Kindergarten

June 27, 2017 (Tuesday)

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Group 2 - First and Second grades

June 27, 2017 (Tuesday)

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Starting June 1st these two groups above will change times or dates.

3 years old to Kindergarten will meet their normal day but from 4 pm to 5 pm

First and second grades will meet on Tuesday instead of Wednesday at their normal time of 6 pm to 7 pm

If parents have a conflict with one of these times, they can bring them to the other one since they will be on the same day but different times.

Thank you for your patience

Group 3 - Third to Fifth Grades

July 11, 2017 (Tuesday)

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Group 4 - Sixth to Eighth Grades

July 18, 2017 (Tuesday)

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Lilly Nature Center at Celery Bog (view map), West Lafayette, Indiana
Boys AND Girls welcome – no membership fees!


Here it is... this year's topics!!!

  • I Spy ... Nature
    - Learning to be observant in the woods
  • What's the Buzz?
    - Why Bees are so important
  • Know Your Forest
    - Becoming familiar with all the trees
  • Creatures of the Night
    - All those creepy, crawly things of the night and our annual wildman game
  • Waste Not, Want Not
    - learning about food waste
  • Surviving Winter
    - How do creatures make it through the winter?
  • For the Love of Nature
    -How do animals attract their mates?
  • Nature's Got Talent
    - A look at the crazy things animals do
  • Storms A-Brewing
    - How are storms formed and what should we do?
  • Our Feathered Friends
    - A Birding Expedition
  • Wild Indiana
    - Live native species of Indiana up close
  • Pirates of the Bog
    - Annual Treasure Hunt
  • The Human Tribe
    - Survival Skills
  • A Watery World
    - Exploring what lives in the Bog

  • For more information, please contact: Ms. Zonda (Telephone: 765-366-9126), or visit the JNC website: www.juniornatureclub.org

    Experience a year of fun, learning and adventures about the world around us. Hands-on lessons, hikes (as weather permits), games, crafts and treats! Meetings are on Tuesdays or Thursday, every three weeks. We don't want to send any child away who wants to join.


    Dates for 2016/2017 School Year:

    Zonda says: I dare you!


    Sponsored by the Sycamore Audubon Society and Hands of the Future, Inc.


    We want to thank the Roy Whistler Foundation for their generous support to our programs this year!!!